Weeds can compete with native plants, block water supplies, smother pastures, poison livestock, cause health problems including allergies, skin rashes and hay fever, and disrupt the balance of natural ecosystems.
Who is responsible for weed control?
A concerted weed control effort is necessary in order to protect our environment's natural ecosystems and reduce the threat weeds pose.
We undertake weed control on Council-owned property including parks, recreation reserves, public gardens and the nature strips that adjoin them.
However, weed control on nature strips and roadsides that adjoin privately-owned property is the responsibility of the adjoining landowner. Weed control on all privately-owned land, including vacant blocks, is also the responsibility of the landowner.
Identifying and controlling weeds on your property
Caltrop and khaki weed are two of the most common and troublesome prickly weeds for gardeners in our region.
The best time to remove prickly weeds is before they flower and before fruit, or prickles have emerged. In urban and semi-urban areas the best way to control Caltrop and Khaki weed is to pull by hand, starting from the outside of the patch and working inwards to minimise the chance of spreading.
You can also chip weeds using a shovel, ensuring you remove their roots. Chemical control may also be effective. Speak to staff at your local garden centre and always follow instructions carefully when using chemicals.
Pulled weeds should be placed loose in your green organics bin. Alternatively you can place them in a plastic bag and dispose in your red rubbish bin or at a landfill.
Changes in managing the landscape may also assist in slowing the germination process. Planting and maintaining other plants might outcompete the weeds.
Prickly weeds are a real nuisance and we need to take a stand as a community to help reduce the impact they have on everyone in our community.